The pandemic could lead to positive changes in how healthcare is delivered among home dialysis


The pandemic could lead to positive changes in how healthcare is delivered among home dialysis

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Although COVID-19 has killed tens of thousands of people and plunged the United States into economic and social chaos, the pandemic could lead to positive changes in how healthcare is delivered, among them greater use of home dialysis even after the crisis is over.

Patients on dialysis are at particularly high risk for infection and a severe disease course from infection because of underlying health problems. Dialyzing at home rather than in a dialysis center has the potential to reduce the likelihood of patients becoming infected.

The pandemic and the requirement for social distancing, and at times, isolation, have highlighted the advantages of dialysis at home We expect that the increased interest in home dialysis will continue even after the acute crisis passes and help expand the strong growth in home dialysis we have experienced over the past year.

During the past month, we also updated ProviderHub-our connected health platform for physicians and providers-to integrate more home treatment data so our physicians can better monitor these patients remotely,” researcher said. “We have also worked to integrate technology directly into our dialysis machines and developed machine learning algorithms to help us identify concerns earlier in the process with the goal of avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations.

Even before the pandemic, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) had been working to increase the use of home dialysis through education, its home dialysis initiative, participation in the Alliance for Home Dialysis, and advocacy, especially in support of the Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative NKF has been working to increase access to home dialysis in a number of ways in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic that gives home dialysis that is not only a patient-centric kidney replacement therapy, but also should reduce the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2.

I would like to think that as horrible as the COVID-19 pandemic is, it’s a wake-up call that if patients can receive home-based care, they possibly should receive home-based care for a myriad of reasons.

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